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Las Vegas Restaurants

Beijing Noodle No. 9
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 877 346 4642

Beijing Noodle No. 9, one of the best noodle bars in the western United States, is unexpectedly located just off the casino floor at Caesars Palace. Inspired by Beijing's "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium, the space is wrapped in thin sheets of white metal, laser-cut with flower motifs. Near the entrance, a Chinese chef hand-pulls noodles (it's okay to stop and watch as he twirls, pulls, slaps, and rolls the dough into shape for your meal). Noodle dishes come in small or large portions—we recommend ordering the small to save room for steamed pork buns, shrimp dumplings, or the pork-and-vegetable wonton chicken soup. Not saying we were, but if you're here for lunch and happen to be hungover, there's an immediate cure on the menu: handmade noodles in a light tomato sauce with a fried egg. We bet it'll do the trick, and that you'll make a dinner reservation on your way out.—David Tyda

Open Sundays through Thursdays 11 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 12 am.

BLT Burger
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 792 7888

Just as hungry burger connoisseurs cabbed it south to Mandalay Bay for French chef Hubert Keller's Burger Bar in 2004, they're now being drawn east to the Mirage for BLT Burger by French chef Laurent Tourondel (BLT Steak, BLT Prime). Ditch your idea of standard ground beef and a bun: BLT has 11 burgers on the menu, so you can go light with salmon or turkey, or dive right in with the BLT or Tex-Mex burger (the latter topped with jalapeños, avocado, salsa, and Jack cheese, then smothered in chili and onion sour cream). If that's not indulgent enough, add a fried egg for $1.50. Milkshakes come spiked—Maker's Mark adds a kick to vanilla ice cream and caramel in the Grandma's Treat, for example. Most burgers are about $12, and appetizers and sides are $5 to $10, making this a fun and affordable dining option considering that dinner tabs at other Strip restaurants often begin at $100.—David Tyda

Open Sundays through Thursdays 11 am to 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 4 am.

Bradley Ogden
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 731 7410

Ogden built a mini-empire in California (One Market in San Francisco, Lark Creek Inn in Marin County) by searching out the best small farms and using their high-quality produce to update classic American comfort food. In 2003, he brought the farm-fresh concept to Caesars Palace, flying ingredients in daily so foodies could get a taste of Northern California steps from the casino floor. The menu offers everything from fish to grilled redeye steak in red-wine butter sauce. There are surprises, too, such as an airy foam of lavender that serves as a cloudlike bed for sea bass. The menu changes almost daily at the hands of Ogden's son, who runs the kitchen while Dad jets around to the other restaurants. Located near the box office for the Colosseum theater, it's also convenient for a pre- or post-show dinner.

Open daily from 5 pm.

3325 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 789 4141

It tries to have a scene (there could be a Saudi princess and her boy toy weekending at the table next to you), but deep down we know why everyone's at Carnevino—delicious, Mario Batali–style comfort food. The aim-to-please menu reads like a greatest hits of both traditional Italian and classic steak house fare, but with a Mario twist: soft, warm lardo drizzled over beef carpaccio; mouthwatering cannelloni filled with braised duck smothered in amarone cheese; and slightly charred dry-aged rib eye for two. If the restaurant's packed, ask to sit in the wine room, a seven-table space just beyond the main dining area with noticeably lowered ceilings. The intimate corner feels less like Vegas and more like a true New York Batali spot like Babbo—fun and personal. Something we also appreciated: printing the 300-plus bottle wine list on the menu so everyone could chime in.

Open for lunch daily 3 to 5 pm; open for dinner Mondays through Wednesdays 5 to 11 pm, Thursdays through Sundays 5 pm to 1 am.

3900 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 262 4228

Any chef can appear to be having a good time by putting "Pigs in a Duvet" and steak tartare on the same menu, but Kerry Simon (late of Iron Chef) is one of the few who can actually pull the gimmick off. Since closing his Simon Bar & Kitchen at the Hard Rock, Simon has lured many loyal fans here for his fanciful twists on classic dishes: Asian-inspired chicken wings freshened up with watermelon and cucumber salad, tuna tartare with tequila-and-lime-soaked caviar, smoked-salmon sliders that look like minibagels and lox. Part of the Luxor's transformation into a party-centric hotel—the rebirth includes Lax Nightclub and Noir Bar—the sexy, bordello-inspired Cathouse is one part restaurant and one part nightclub (albeit a small, loungy nightclub). Cozy up to the small bar and watch the action buzz around you, or request a semi-circular booth separated by gray sheer curtains. In the lounge, "coquettes" perform burlesque-like shows, which captivate revelers every time they take to the raised platforms.

Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:30 pm to 4 am.

China Poblano
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 698 7900

Not long after opening L.A.'s sleek multi-concept Bazaar, José Andrés is taking on Sin City with a restaurant that marries Chinese and Mexican food. Andrés's friend and mentor Albert Adrià says, "The best street food comes from China and Mexico, and China Poblano has both—and of the highest quality." In practice, Andrés's restaurant is less about fusion than about serving the cuisines side by side: In addition to the main kitchen, two separate kitchens turn out dan dan mian (hand-cut noodles with spicy meat and peanuts) and sui mai, scallop seviche, and cochinita tacos (entrées, $8-$17).

Must eat: The Rou Jia Mo Street Sandwich, a traditional braised meat burger.

Chef José Andrés' favorite new restaurant: Max Levy's Apothecary, Beijing

3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 791 7355

Is it wrong to visit Vegas and not eat at a buffet? Up to you, but if you must, go for the one that cost $20 million to build. Designed by Adam Tihany, the man behind dozens of Vegas restaurants, including Spago, Aureole, and Le Cirque, Cravings in the Mirage was modeled after buffets in Asia, where diners get cooking stations instead of mountains of stringy shrimp and soggy French toast. There are around a dozen of these stations here, with chefs making Italian, Japanese, Mexican, barbecue, and so forth. The food itself is on par with most reasonably priced white-tablecloth restaurants, making the $25 all-you-can-eat price tag at dinner one of the best food bargains in Vegas. Cocktails are not included, but if you grab a seat at the bar in the back, you won't have to deal with the dizzying striped carpet as you hike to your table far, far away.

Open Mondays through Fridays 7 am to 10 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 8 am to 10 pm.

3900 Paradise Road, Suite A
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 369 3971

This is where hip, in-the-know locals eat when they don't want to trek through a casino. One block east of the Strip, it was the first true tapas restaurant of note in Vegas and still attracts artists, musicians, and media types. The classic duo of manchego cheese and thinly sliced Serrano ham is served as warm, gooey croquettes; chorizo sausage is integrated into the white-wine sauce for steamed clams. A few non-Iberian dishes, such as beer-battered shrimp tempura with ponzu dipping, lend an international feel. The wine list has some good Argentine malbecs and Chilean merlots, but most folks order red or white sangria—the recipe calls for three days of marinating.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to 3 am.

First Food and Bar
The Palazzo
3327 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 607 3478

Sam DeMarco practically invented the playful small plate genre, but he's refined the concept and taken it to new heights at his 10,000 square-foot Vegas outpost, a chic loft space with graffiti-strewn walls and a postmodern, almost Gothic decor. What's especially noteworthy about this Strip-facing restaurant and bar is the fact that it is open 23 hours a day, possibly the only venue in the city offering an after-club alternative as well as a first-quality breakfast. Innovations like the breakfast Martini and spreadable danish, served with a four-schmear sampler, give way during the day to clever conceits such as pastrami Reuben tacos, mojito lamb chops, and Croque-Monsieur pops, but there is both method and technique in this madness. The joke is that almost everything shows the chef's good taste, down to the Peet's coffee that slaps you in the face like a Vegas sunrise.—Max Jacobson, first published on

Fleur de Lys
Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 632 9400

As a not-so-subtle version of chef Hubert Keller's intimate San Francisco restaurant of the same name, the Vegas Fleur de Lys inside the Mandalay Bay is designed with soaring ceilings and massive stone walls. And while the menu contains tame French and Continental dishes such as a slow-roasted king salmon with caviar, there are nods to Vegas excess, too. The $5,000 burger is a Kobe beef patty topped with foie gras and truffles and paired with a bottle of 1995 Château Pétrus served in Ichendorf Brunello stemware (yours to take home, naturally). Or try the "Black Jack," an arrangement of creamy cod brandade, osetra caviar, cucumber gelée, and tomatoes formed into playing card shapes. If you see a distinguished Frenchman wearing a chef's jacket in the DJ booth, that's chef Keller redefining the term mix master.

Open Tuesdays through Thursdays 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

Guy Savoy
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 731 7286

When three-star Michelin chef Guy Savoy was lured stateside by Caesars Palace, he insisted on replicating his eponymous Paris location precisely—everything from the artichoke-and-black-truffle soup on the menu to the intimate dining room with contemporary art. (Funnily enough, the Vegas outpost has a view of the Eiffel Tower, while the Paris restaurant does not.) A meal here is a staggering (and staggeringly expensive) haute cuisine experience that includes a bread sommelier, cheese-, dessert-, and candy carts, and main courses such as roasted duckling with turnips, and veal chops with black truffle-topped potato purée. Appetizers can push $80, so the best way to do Savoy is the ten-course tasting menu for just under $300, which ensures you'll hit all the major French food groups (shellfish, foie gras, gelée, and truffle); there's also a three-course pre-theater menu for $98. This is refined dining, so leave the kids behind, and avoid the Caesars casino by using the valet off Flamingo Road. Oh, and despite the price, don't expect to see Guy himself; he's left son and protégé Franck Savoy in charge.

Opens Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

Hash House a Go Go
6800 W. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 804 4646

The world needs more restaurants like Hash House a Go Go, where customers ask each other, "What's that you ordered?" or share with strangers at the counter. It's an industrial-looking diner 20 minutes west of the Strip and about halfway to Red Rock State Park. An array of farm-fresh ingredients go into the unfathomably long list of choices on the menu. Breakfast is a highlight, with five types of scrambles served in skillets and five Benedict choices, from sage fried chicken to smoked bacon to pork tenderloin. Portions are massive—locals say every dish at Hash House is really a two-for-one.

Open for breakfast daily 7:30 am to 2:30 pm; open for dinner Mondays through Thursdays 5 to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 10 pm.

The Mirage
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 792 7979

If you've got tickets to Love (the Cirque du Soleil/Beatles show) or are headed to Jet nightclub—both in the Mirage—and you don't want to be too stuffed to power through your night, this is a good option. The special rolls are some of the most creative on the Strip—one has raw scallop slices on top of a roll stuffed with seared scallops. Shared plates are mostly worthy: The "Hot Rock" appetizer is thinly sliced soy-ginger-marinated steak you cook at the table on a 700-degree rock. For dessert, try the apple pie, reinterpreted as toban yaki—apple slices in a hot clay pot with clusters of ginger oatmeal and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But be prepared for spotty service: We were told the sommelier was "too busy to stop by" our table and that one of the special ingredients in the octopus roll was "rice." A prime example of solid recipes traveling well to a new location (the original is in Chicago), but service getting lost.

Open for dinner Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays 5 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 pm.

Joël Robuchon at the Mansion
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 891 7925

Dining here feels like a privilege, and it is. While the restaurant can be reached from the casino floor of the MGM Grand, it officially "belongs" to the Mansion section of the hotel, a cluster of Italianate villas reserved for high rollers. There are only 64 tables, and soft classical piano music fills the void between silverware clinks and light laughter. There are several prix fixe options starting at $89, but the best option is the 16-course degustation menu—but be prepared to spend nearly $400 per person (without wine) and more than four hours. (Hey, it's a better deal than bottle service in a nightclub.) The menu dashes all over the place: Kobe beef cooked on a bed of rock salt with a vegetable fricassee; Japanese snapper floating in a rich broth made of lily bulbs; French hen with roasted foie gras. All are phenomenal in taste and presentation. For a higher-energy and lower-cost dinner, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is the chef's bistro-style eatery next door. Sit at the counter, where you can interact with the team of French chefs. There's a tasting menu here too, but it runs ten courses and costs considerably less; there's also a three-course "bento box" for only $39.

Both restaurants open Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

Mesa Grill
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 731 7731

A celebrity-chef restaurant done right. Though chef Bobby Flay lives in New York, you'd think he's in the kitchen here at Caesars Palace by the way servers refer to him ("Chef Flay changed the spices in one of our dishes, so if you've ordered it before he wants you to know it's a bit different now"). The food is essentially Southwestern, but Flay likes to play with ingredients and textures, mixing up sweet and spicy flavors—as in the barbecue pulled pork and Oaxaca cheese quesadilla. Another winner: The grilled mahimahi atop a poblano chile with a heavy cream reduction. The energetic, colorful dining room plays host to baseball-cap-wearing tourists, local business people, and hotties in cocktail dresses.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 2:30 pm and 5 to 11 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am to 3 pm and 5 to 11 pm.

N9NE Steakhouse
The Palms
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 933 9900

In the kitchen of N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, it's common to hear chefs yelling things like "Vince Neil ordered the gnocchi—remember, easy on the cream!" Or, "Britney/Jessica/Brad ordered the somethingorother—no basil!" You're virtually guaranteed to sit next to Hollywood celebs at N9NE, who dine here time and again because the kitchen remembers their preferences (however quirky). It isn't subtle: The dining room is thumping with club tunes, and all steaks can be topped with a Maine lobster tail or Alaskan King crab legs. Underneath the glitz and glam, however, is a solid Chicago steakhouse (where the original N9NE is located) that cooks wet-aged steaks in a 1,200-degree oven; the flavor-packed 24-ounce bone-in rib eye is a winner. The bar isn't a bad place to settle in and order a few appetizers: crispy fried Carolina rock shrimp served in a Chinese takeout box; a sashimi sampler topped with tobiko caviar and minced serrano chiles; crab-stuffed mushrooms; and the official dish of Las Vegas, shrimp cocktail.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 11 pm.

Nove Italiano
The Palms
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 800 851 1703 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 942 6800

Use the elevator ride up to the 51st floor of the Palms' Fantasy Tower to primp: Once the doors open, everyone in the sunken dining room will turn to see what you're wearing and whom you're with. But the latest venture from the N9NE Group (N9NE Steakhouse, Rain, Ghostbar) actually delivers the culinary goods—a surprise since it's so damn sceney. Italian dishes such as the baked artichoke (stuffed with chopped artichoke hearts—a recipe executive chef Geno Bernardo credits to his great grandmother), shellfish spaghetti, and lobster, goat cheese, and arugula flatbread are well-executed. Be prepared for the nightclub-like details, though, including loud music and gilt-framed video screens showing slides of Italian masters.

Opens Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 to 11 pm.

5030 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 367 3511

If you're an adventurous foodie devoted to dining with the insiders, hail a cab and seek out Raku, a small Japanese grill tucked discreetly in a strip mall a couple miles west of Las Vegas Boulevard. Chef Mitsuo Endo, formerly of New York's Megu, has crafted a menu of nearly 100 sample-size dishes that are priced at about $5 each and perfect for sharing. Our two must-haves: Agedashi dofu (deep-fried tofu in a painstakingly reduced broth) and a poached egg with sea urchin and salmon roe. Don't let descriptions like "meat intestine" or "tube-shaped fish sausage" deter you—you're in Vegas to roll the dice, so why not do it on the plate? There are only about 30 seats, so reservations are suggested. The best time to go is between 1 and 3 a.m., when the place is packed with Vegas's discerning casino dealers and servers.—David Tyda

Open Mondays through Saturdays 6 pm to 3 am.

3600 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 693 7223

Equal-opportunity global cuisine and something for everyone. Sensi opened in Bellagio's Spa Tower in late 2004 and serves everything from Singapore-style soft-shell crabs with ginger and chile-tomato sauce to handmade spaghetti alla carbonara to good old American steaks. The clientele is as hard to pin down as the cuisine—let's just say it's a good place to bring your boss or your family. The glass-walled kitchen, situated in the middle of the restaurant, and the mix of two- to 20-person tables make for a bustling atmosphere, enlivened by the sound of water features and the boisterous laugh of executive chef Martin Heierling.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 5 to 10 pm, Fridays through Sundays 5 to 10:30 pm.

MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 891 3001

Named after the youthquake neighborhood of Tokyo, Shibuya's massive size and loud music are tailored to trend-seekers and fans of high-energy sushi spots. The gutsy design by hip Canadian firm Yabu Pushelberg is marked by a massive wall behind the sushi bar that changes colors as it dwarfs sushi chefs and diners alike. Request a visit from the sake sommelier, who'll recommend a sake or cocktail to pair with your dinner, which might move from lobster salad to spicy soy-braised Kobe short ribs and seared foie gras to a barrage of rolls. Our favorite of the latter is the vegetarian tsuke yakei: panko- and tempura-crisped asparagus, cucumber, daikon sprouts, and other vegetables with citrus cream. There's also a Japanese surf and turf: a live lobster with imported Wagyu beef.

Open Sundays through Thursdays 5 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 10:30 pm.

Spago Café
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 369 0360

The name may evoke frozen pizzas and autograph-seeking tourists in Hollywood, but if locals are willing to brave the Strip at lunchtime to eat at a hotel joint, better add it to your list. Wolfgang Puck's informal café at the Forum Shops is laid out like an outdoor patio (and is much more informal than the restaurant itself), while the food is quick, easy, and good: pizzas, pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Or snag a seat at Spago's main bar—it has the friendliest bartenders in town. Impress friends with this factoid: The big, bright painting is by local artist Tim Bavington, who paints stripes according to music notes. The piece here came from John Lennon's "Imagine."

Café and bar open Sundays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to midnight. Dining room open daily 5:30 to 10 pm.

Triple George Grill
201 N. Third Street
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 702 384 2761

Filled with lawyers—the courthouse is a few blocks away—and locals who want a casual spot, Triple George Grill is hearty and good. You can order an array of shellfish blackened, broiled, sautéed, or fried; pastas and sandwiches stick close to simplicity. About half the place is counter seating at the central horseshoe bar, but the booths, separated by tall, dark oak dividers, are ideal for private conversations (or legal consultations). Don't miss a shoeshine from J.J.—he's full of stories. Afterward, stop next door at the Sidebar for an American Beauty martini, made with rose water and vanilla vodka ( If you're driving, use the complimentary curbside valet: Shady characters still roam the streets in this part of town.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 4 to 10 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.